On the auspicious occasion of Mahashivratri, Hindu devotees  observe Shivratri Vrat or Upvaas or fast...Devotees observe a strict fast on  Mahashivaratri. They do not consume anything other than the diet formulated especially for the occasion.Some devotees observe nirahar vrat( meaning not eating food and  drinking even beverages like tea, milk or even water).
                    While some people who can't keep nirahar vrat eat a diet which is without anything made with rice, pulses or wheat. The devotees may eat fruits and drink tea, milk or coffee during the fast, if they have not observed nirahar vrat (fasting without the consumption of any form of food).

                        Those who fast, diligently follow the set rules as to what can be eaten and what should not be eaten. The food taken during mid-day consists of non-cereal preparations made without using onion, garlic, ginger, turmeric powder,rai etc. Instead ingredients such as cumin seeds, rock salt and chillies are used.  The sweets can be of milk without the use of lentils .  No meal is taken during the night. After a night long worship of the Lingam, the fast is broken the next morning.

Sendha namak (rock salt) is used to prepare the food for the fast.

 33 Awesome  recipes for Maha Shivaratri  Festival. The collection includes Fasting or vrat snack recipes, desserts, healthy beverages and filling meal recipes. So, celebrate the festival of Maha Shivaratri and enjoy your day of fasting with our special recipes for Maha Shivaratri fasting.

Some families follow a very restricted diet and do not consume red chilli powder ,groundnut powder also .Please leave them out and follow your family vrat guidelines.

Here are some recipes that are suitable for Maha Shivaratri celebrations and which you can prepare easily during the occasion.
 

Click on the names for detailed recipe.....



Vrat Ke Chawal Rajgira Poori Aloo Tikki
Coconut Burfi /Nariyal Burfi Sweet Potato Fries Dahiwale Aloo



Coconut Chutney Sukhi Arbi Vrat wale aloo / Potato Curry


Sweet Potato Halwa Thandai Bottle Gourd Halwa / Lauki Halwa


Sabudana Khichadi Sabudana Vada Sabudana Thalipeeth


Kuttu Ki Puri Jeera Aloo Peanut Curd Chutney


Apple Halwa Guava Halwa / Peru Halwa Papaya Halwa


Sago /Sabudana Ladoo Sago Kheer / Sabudana Kheer Peanut Ladoo


Apple Banana Shake Badam Milk Apricot Almond Delight


Strawberry Lassi Strawberry Smoothie Orange  Sweet Lime Juice


Paneer Kheer Shrikhand Milky Fruit Salad


Fasting Rules may Vary from one family to another.So check before trying any Fasting Recipe from the Website.
Wish You all Happy and Prosperous Maha Shivaratri  !!!



Sweet potato fries is one of the  popular Indian crunchy snacks recipe for fasting, which peoples oftenly prepare at the time of festivals like Navratri ,Maha shiva ratri ,Ekadashi etc. It is very simple and easy to make. They look similar to french fries but taste is different. Kids will love it.
These fries are perfect to munch with tea also.Try this out yummy Sweet potato fries.

Prep Time : 15 mins
Cook Time : 20 mins
Serves: 2
Recipe Category: Snacks / Fasting


 Ingredients :-

   Sweet Potatoes //Yam /Ratale/Chilkada Dumpa/sakkaravalli kizhangu -2 medium size
   Oil -for deep frying
   Paprika or chilli powder as needed
   Rock Salt  or sendha namak as needed
   Cumin Powder - 1/4 tsp


  Method:-

1) Wash, peel and cut Sweet Potatoes to desired size and shape or like french fries.Put them immediately in water to avoid blackening.


 

2) Avoid cutting very thin slices.
3) Boil water in a bowl and add the salt then add  sweet potato wedges in it for few minutes.


4) The wedges need to be soft or half cooked.Make sure they are not overcooked or falling apart.
5) Once done drain the water and pat dry sweet potatoes with clean towel  or paper towel.


6) Heat oil in a kadai for deep frying, make sure that oil should be  hot or you can shallow fry also.
7) Put the wedges in oil, fry them until become golden brown, crispy and tender.


8) Now take them out in a tissue paper so the excess oil absorbs.



9) After frying all the fries take them in a bowl .
10)While the fries are still hot add salt ,cumin powder ,red chilli powder .
11) Toss to coat spices evenly and enjoy the yummy fries.
12) You can have this with fasting chutney like basil chutney or coriander chutney or any other of your choice or as itself also.




Variations - 1) If not for fasting You can add any dry herbs of your choice. You can add garam masala, Amchur powder ,Citric Acid, Chaat masala and make sweet potato fries .
2) You can add salt and pepper powder alone for a simpler version.

Tips:-

Sweet potato wedges should not be too thick as they will not get cooked ,nor too thin as they will get burnt.

Fasting Rules may Vary from one family to another.So check before trying any Fasting Recipe from the Website.

 

 Coconut Burfi / Kobbari Mithai / Nariyal Ki Barfi” is one of the Indian sweets recipes that can very easily be made for any festival or any occassions ... We have grown up eating it. .It requires  just  few ingredients ..It’s so easy ,quick to make and tasty to eat.It can be eaten for fasting also.

Preparation: 15 mts 
Cooking Time: 40 mts
Recipe Type - Sweets / Desserts  /Fasting
Makes approx 18-20 squares

Ingredients:

2 cups - Grated coconut

2 cups - Sugar (Adjust according to taste)

1 cup - Water

1 tbsp - ghee, melted

1/2 tsp - cardamom powder






Method :-

1) First grate the coconut and keep it aside.



2) Grease the plate with ghee and keep it aside.
3) Take a heavy bottomed vessel, add water and sugar and on medium low flame allow the sugar to dissolve and come to a boil.


4) Now add cardamom powder and grated coconut and keep stirring continuously until combined well.Let it continue to cook till one string consistency.  Test the syrup by using your thumb and index finger and touch the sugar syrup and as your stretch the syrup, it should form at least 1 threads.
 It will take approximately about 18-20 minutes. Keep on stirring continuously.


5) After couple of mins you will see bubbles formation.


6) Now add the ghee and keep stirring continuously.
7)At one stage the mixture will thicken and start to move without sticking to the side. This is the right consistency.Turn off the stove.
8) Transfer the mixture immediately to the greased plate or greased pan. Gently press on top to even it out with a spatula .


9)Wait for 2 mins to let it slightly cool down. Cut the burfi into desired shapes using a greased knife.
10) Cool completely before storing in an airtight container and enjoy.




Tips:-


1) One string consistency  - If you take a little bit of the sugar syrup between 2 of your fingers thumb finger and index finger,  you should get one continuous string formed between your fingers.

2) Cut the burfi when it is still slightly warm. Once it cools down completely, you will not be able to cut it into pieces.

3)  Garnish with chopped nuts, saffron.

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